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Sky signs up musical TV show Glee

Glee, the all-singing all-dancing TV hit show, is to be screened on Sky from this autumn.

The first two series of the US musical drama were shown on digital channel E4, but parent company Channel 4 walked away from negotiations on the rights to broadcast the show last month. A source said at the time that they did not want to pay "over the odds" for the high school comedy drama.

It first aired in the UK in 2009 and became E4's biggest hit with more than 2 million viewers, winning four Emmy awards.

The announcement means all future series of the Fox show will be shown on Sky 1 HD.

Stuart Murphy, director of programmes for Sky 1 HD, Sky 1, 2 and Pick TV said: "Glee has been nothing short of a phenomenon and we're thrilled to secure the future of the show for our customers with this life-of-series deal.

"It's the perfect fit for Sky 1 and we're thrilled to be able to build on the success it has already achieved, and we hope our customers will be as chuffed and excited as we all are."

Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears and Olivia Newton-John have all appeared as guest stars on the show. Its cast have hit the Top 40 with their versions of pop hits and are to embark on a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland later this month.

Sky will also be showing The Glee Project later this year. The 10-part reality TV series aims to find a singer to appear in seven episodes of the show.

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